Model 19 buy(s), pics, questions


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Atticus
September 4, 2007, 12:20 AM
This is kinda weird. I went to a gun show today and unexpectedly came home with two model 19-3's. Yes, the stainless looking one is a model 19-3. I don't know much about finishes, but I'm assuming that must be some kind of brushed chrome? I bought these from two different dealers, and oddly, after I got them home and cleaned them up, I realized that the serial numbers are less than 50 numbers apart. Both are K79xxxx. If I'm reading the S&W serial number code correctly...I think they were made in '68? Both revolvers are in fairly decent shape with mostly muzzle wear. Lock-up is tight and timing seems good. The blued one needs a new rear sight blade however (new learning experience I guess). Both triggers are excellent in SA and DA. After removing the grips, I saw that the blued one is wearing Herrett grips...nice bonus. Not sure what the other has on it...but they feel great.

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Fisherman_48768
September 4, 2007, 12:33 AM
Atticus, you will like those Mdl 19's. I've got a couple and wouldn't trade them for anything.

22-rimfire
September 4, 2007, 10:37 AM
Unexpected surprises make going to gun shows worth all the effort. Hope you enjoy them. Seems like a Model 19 weekend.

scbair
September 4, 2007, 11:24 AM
Actually, both revolvers are wearing what appear to me to be Herrett stocks.

Atticus
September 4, 2007, 11:36 AM
Actually, both revolvers are wearing what appear to me to be Herrett stocks.

I kind of suspected that as well...although the one set is not marked.
I also suspect that these might have been owned/sold by the same person. The serial numbers are close, the grips are similar, and both triggers have shoes. And both guns seem to have been carried a lot and shot little...although they were pretty dirty. Whoever it was, they spent some money on refinishing and grips.

Archie
September 4, 2007, 11:40 AM
Those both look like Herrett Shooting Star grips; in my opinion the best revovler grips in the known universe. Someone knew what they were doing.

Good find. Good decision to get both. I sure as shooting would have. (Was that a pun?)

I like in PDSR California and haven't found a pinned barrel M19 for love nor money in about three years now. The last M19 I saw for sale was a non-pinned gun and the guy wanted $499 for it; way over price for me.

Cocked & Locked
September 4, 2007, 12:01 PM
Nice looking 19's! I agree they both have Herrett grips...now i want a set for mine!

1 LT MPC
September 4, 2007, 12:10 PM
Looks like both have trigger shoes. Be careful with those, especially if they extend beyond the width of the trigger guard. Makes it real easy to have a KABOOM when you push the gun into a holster.:cuss: IMO, they are not worth the risk.:evil:

revrat
September 4, 2007, 03:30 PM
I like in PDSR California and haven't found a pinned barrel M19 for love nor money in about three years now. The last M19 I saw for sale was a non-pinned gun and the guy wanted $499 for it; way over price for me.


I live in CA as well, and just brought home a mint 19-3, 6" in nickel. It was unfired by the original owner. It is no longer unfired, and I'm in love with it.

Got it for $400.

Now I need more revolvers so that one don't get lonely.

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